Phil Kornblut

Gamecocks could hear from Evans this week

Jacob Evans, a 6-foot-6 guard of Baton Rouge, La., is down to South Carolina and Cincinnati and his coach said Monday he's looking for a decision from him by the end of the week.

"Cincinnati and South Carolina were the two best fits for Jacob and his mom," coach Drew Hart said. "I told them to go home this (past) weekend and make a decision, but mom went to Orlando. I'm hoping they'll have a decision by the end of the week. I don't know if one stands out more than the other. He was very pleased when he visited both. It's going to come down to what he feels he fits best with and where he can get an opportunity to play at a young age."

Hart thinks USC coach Frank Martin is going to try to come in for a visit later this week. He said LSU called Monday and asked Evans to make an unofficial visit. "I don't think that will happen," the coach said.

As the clock ticks down towards a decision, Hart doesn't have a read on a favorite.

"It could go either way, one of those deals where he feels more comfortable," he said. "I want him to make a decision this week. It's time for him to focus on the rest of our season. He's worn out and so is the mom."

Evans also considered Tulane and Auburn before getting to his final two.